Let us surprise you with a set of plans we've come up with so that you can make the most of your summer in the Region of Murcia. We want you to fully enjoy your stay here and to take stunning pictures -either with your phone or with your camera- that you'll take home with you.
In our Region you'll live bright shiny mornings of sunlight, beach and sand games, learning how to surf the waves or savouring our tasty regional dishes in front of the sea. Afternoons are for shopping in local markets, eating flavourful ice-creams, taking healthy baths, walking along the seashore or making cultural visits. And when the sun sets, you'll be able to choose among a wide variety of options -festivals and concerts, cinema under the stars, dinners in the moonlight or nights of party, laughter and fun.
In the Region of Murcia we're full of life, we've got the sun.
Whether you need to take a break, forget about stress or just indulge yourself a little, we'll make things easy for you. In our Health and Beauty TopTen you'll find a wide variety of plans with which you can plunge yourself into a world of cares and comfort -relaxing in the bubbles, resting and recovering to get your strength back, easing away your stresses and strains or discovering a bath's health benefits. Choices can be found both inland and on the coast, in spas or in specialized centres. Or maybe you prefer discovering the outdoors facility in Lo Pagán, The biggest open-air area for mud therapy in the world...a surprising and addictive choice!
Getting on board in the search for the whales, sailing full steam among wild dolphins, sunbathing on the high seas or enjoying a drink at dusk with your favourite crew are just some of the options for sea lovers. Even if gazing at the coastal landscape from the beach is already amazing, getting on board and sailing the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Sea goes beyond your wildest imagination. You can rent a boat with or without a captain, or enroll in one of the tourist boats which sail across the Mar Menor. But if you want to feel like Moby Dick and scream "Whale ahoy!", Bahía de Mazarrón -Mazarrón Bay- is one of the best spots to catch sight of dolphins, sperm whales and pilot whales aboard an original schooner, always respecting the animals and their natural habitat. Important note: do not forget a pair of binoculars!
While most people are on the coast you might like to spend a few days in a rural area, covering yourself with a blanket at night, breathing fresh air, enjoying the quietness of the countryside, having for breakfast fruits just harvested from the tree, and discovering mysterious spots by foot or on horseback. Our enchanting towns offer all this and more. You'll walk down their narrow streets, immerse yourself in their traditions and craft markets, and wander around hidden spots. And if you have a thing for soaking in water, don't worry -even in the inland part of the region you can enjoy our river beaches!
HOLIDAYS FOR YOUR PALATE
Best moments are shared around a plate of food. That's why we've made up a selection of the best tapas, most typical dishes, desserts to skip your diet so you only have to think where in our country you want to taste them. You won't have enough days to try them all, but certainly you'll save their tastes in your memory for the rest of the year.
After a beautiful morning swimming in the sea, you might want to sit at the bar and taste the mullet roe, our filleted salt-cured tuna loins, or king prawns from the Mar Menor. Do not forget to take a picture and share it with your family and friends before eating up your food -they'll envy you! You can also be the first to talk to them about the marinera, a tapa consisting of a long crunchy ring-shaped breadstick with ensaladilla rusa -salad made with tuna, mayonnaise, olive, potato, pickled vegetables and egg- topped off with an anchovy in brine, or the matrimonio, an anchovy in brine and an anchovy in vinegar together in a slice of bread. And you will also discover why this is the land of lemon. We love adding lemon to all our recipes, and you can share our habit squeezing it over many dishes such as our pulpo (octopus) or grilled vegetables.
However, among our tasty dishes of coastal cuisine we have a star specialty you can't miss: caldero of the Mar Menor. It's made with rice, grouper fish, mullet, gilt-head bream, ñora -dried red sweet pepper-, garlic... cooked in an iron saucepan. It'll be a flavour explosion in your mouth with the taste of sea.
Don't hesitate to come, take off your shoes and dig your feet into the soft sand while we're cooking for you!
LET'S GO AUCTIONING!
The essence of the fishing tradition at the fishermen villages can be felt in their fish markets. It's best to come first thing in the morning to witness the arrival of ships escorted by sea birds in Águilas, Mazarrón and San Pedro ports. We recommend losing yourself in the stores and going to the market to live the traditional fish bidding, a curious spectacle with a taste of Mediterranean tradition. You will discover at the local restaurants the flavours of the sold fish, maybe as one of the ingredients of a delicious caldero rice, or as European seabass -lubina- or gilthead bream -dorada- loins in salt coating. Certainly, Mar Menor king prawns are also a tempting mouthful not to miss.
CABO DE PALOS
Cabo de Palos, next to La Manga, is a fishing village perfect for a one day getaway. The area is known for its surroundings -away from the crowds- and its wonderful sea depths, but also for its Sunday market. There's no better plan than wandering about the stalls, finding bargains, enjoying the seaside atmosphere and tasting a typical delicious plate of caldero rice in Paseo de La Barra, by the seaside. And let us give you a tip -if you follow the seafront promenade you'll arrive to the astounding lighthouse of the village, formerly used as a school for lighthouse-keepers. It's one of the best spots to gaze at the Mediterranean horizon.